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Where the Dead Sit Talking

Unabridged   6.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 02/27/2018

National Book Award Fiction Longlist 2018
Kirkus Best of 2018

Where the Dead Sit Talking

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681689500
Digital Download ISBN:9781681689517


Where the Dead Sit Talking is a spare, lyrical Native American coming of age story set in rural Oklahoma in the late 1980s.

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Product Description

With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a fifteen-year-old Cherokee boy, is placed in foster care with the Troutt family. Literally and figuratively scarred by his unstable upbringing, Sequoyah has spent years mostly keeping to himself, living with his emotions pressed deep below the surface—that is, until he meets the seventeen-year-old Rosemary, another youth staying with the Troutts.

Sequoyah and Rosemary bond over their shared Native American backgrounds and tumultuous paths through the foster care system, but as Sequoyah's feelings toward Rosemary deepen, the precariousness of their lives and the scars of their pasts threaten to undo them both.


"​The latest from Hobson is a smart, dark novel of adolescence, death, and rural secrets set in late-1980s Oklahoma. Hobson’s narrative control is stunning, carrying the reader through scenes and timelines with verbal grace and sparse detail. Far more than a mere coming-of-age story, this is a remarkable and moving novel​."​ —​Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Hobson's eloquent prose and story line will keep literary and general fiction readers turning pages. Its teen protagonists offer interest for young adults." —Library Journal

"Weird and intimate, like Ottessa Moshfegh's Eileen, Where the Dead Sit Talking takes us to a strange, dangerous place normally kept hidden. From the opening hook, with the unhurried authority of a master, Brandon Hobson initiates the reader into the secret lives of lost and unwanted teenagers trying to survive in an uncaring world. Creepy, sad, yet queerly thrilling."—Stewart O'Nan, author of The Speed Queen

"Hobson has a remarkable ability to travel deep into a very dark place and come out plausibly on the side of light."—Dawn Raffel, Reader's Digest

"Hobson writes novels that are very bright and incredibly dark, surprisingly funny and wonderfully complex."—Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Author Bio

Brandon Hobson is the author of Where the Dead Sit Talking, Desolation of Avenues Untold, Deep Ellum, and The Levitationist. He has won a Pushcart Prize. His stories and essays have appeared in Conjunctions, NOON, the Paris Review Daily, the Believer, Post Road, and elsewhere. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation Tribe.